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[liberationtech] PCD 9/30/11 - Ed Cuttrell, Microsoft

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Mon Sep 26 16:13:11 PDT 2011

Stanford Seminar on People, Computers, and Design (CS547: HCI Seminar)

September 30, 2011
12:50-2:00 pm, Gates B01

Ed Cutrell, Microsoft Research India
  cutrell at

Natural Interactions & Computing for Global Development at Microsoft
Research India

The Technology for Emerging Markets (TEM) group at Microsoft Research
India seeks to address the needs and aspirations of people in the
world's developing communities. Our research targets people who are
just beginning to use computing technologies and services as well as
those for whom access to computing still remains largely out of reach.
Most of our work falls under the rubric of the relatively young field
of Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD or
ICT4D). By combining a variety of backgrounds and training, we are
able to engage deeply with some of the complex problems associated
with poverty and scarce resources. Our goal is to study, design,
build, and evaluate technologies and systems that are useful for
people living in underserved rural and urban communities around the
world. In this talk, I will give an overview of some of the recent
work in the group, focusing on projects that explore modalities and
interactions specifically designed for the unique contexts and users
we're working with: 1) a prototype pen-based system for rural
microfinance 2) a phone broadcast system designed to assist an NGO
serving urban sex workers, and 3) a mobile phone-based citizen news
system for rural India 4) maybe something else, depending on the
interests of the audience

Ed Cutrell manages the Technology for Emerging Markets (TEM) group at
Microsoft Research India. Ed has been working in the field of
human-computer interaction for more than a decade, studying everything
from novel interaction techniques to interfaces for search and
information retrieval. His current research focuses on Information and
Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). In this work, he
seeks to understand how people in the world's poor and developing
communities interact with information technologies, exploring new ways
for technology to meet their needs and support socio-economic

NEXT WEEK: October 7, Lada Adamic, University of Michigan
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